As our latest issue of Joint Support was being collated, we were preparing to make a presentation to the Health Select Committee at parliament on 10 April (Read article here).

The Health Select Committee is a cross party group of MPs who consider all issues related to health. It scrutinizes government legislation, can call for submissions and receive petitions. Currently the Health Select Committee is chaired by Labour Manurewa MP Louisa Wall.

In addition to our submission to the Health Select Committee we have also made a submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee on the well-being budget measures for this year’s budget, and it’s the first occasion to our knowledge that Arthritis New Zealand has presented to it.

Our submission arises from the launch of the report by Deloitte Access Economics, the Economic Cost of Arthritis in New Zealand, last year. This report provides a wealth of information and data about the prevalence and cost of arthritis in this country.

The report shows the enormous cost of arthritis, and includes direct health sector costs, indirect costs such as productivity and efficiency loss due to lost tax revenue, and informal and formal carer costs. An important addition to the research is the inclusion of the cost of loss of well-being for people with arthritis. Arthritis substantially reduces the amount of healthy years of life lived and it is interesting to note that rheumatoid arthritis contributes to a greater proportion of the loss of well-being.

In addition to our submission, we meet with individual MPs from all political parties and in the lead up to the general election next year we will be asking people with arthritis to contact their MPs with questions we will provide. It is interesting to hear from some MPs that they have never heard from anyone in their electorate who has arthritis!

 Let’s change that.

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Knee exercise for people with arthritis: video 2 of 7, the leg stretch.

As with any form of exercise, if you get a lot of pain with any of these exercises, stop and seek advice from a physiotherapist. You can also ask your GP to recommend suitable exercise, especially if you have had joint replacements. A physiotherapist can ensure you have been properly assessed and that your exercises are appropriate for you.
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Prof. David Hunter tells an #osteoarthritis group in Wellington that cost-effective interventions for reducing obesity include taxes on junk food and sugary products. ...

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Today, in Christchurch, was the first presentation to health professionals by #osteoarthritis expert Prof. David Hunter. He painted a picture of what effective osteoarthritis management and treatment can look like. More than 400,000 people in Aotearoa New Zealand have osteoarthritis. ...

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Knee exercise for people with arthritis: video 2 of 7, the leg stretch.

As with any form of exercise, if you get a lot of pain with any of these exercises, stop and seek advice from a physiotherapist. You can also ask your GP to recommend suitable exercise, especially if you have had joint replacements. A physiotherapist can ensure you have been properly assessed and that your exercises are appropriate for you.
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Prof. David Hunter tells an #osteoarthritis group in Wellington that cost-effective interventions for reducing obesity include taxes on junk food and sugary products. ...

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Today, in Christchurch, was the first presentation to health professionals by #osteoarthritis expert Prof. David Hunter. He painted a picture of what effective osteoarthritis management and treatment can look like. More than 400,000 people in Aotearoa New Zealand have osteoarthritis. ...

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Average age of #osteoarthritis diagnosis in the 90s was 69yrs, in 2010s it's 55yrs - Prof. David Hunter presenting to health professionals in Christchurch

Māori chemist Brendon McIntosh is on a mission to bridge the gap between te ao Māori and their health professionals. https://t.co/EkOt186MHX

Do not miss this opportunity to flag osteoarthritis as a serious health concern for New Zealanders!
For more information, or to book a seat (at no cost), phone 0800 663 463 and speak to Adrienne, or email info@arthritis.org.nz

Great news for New Zealanders who are suffering from certain types of uveitis (a severe or chronic eye inflammation). From today a funded medicine is available. If you or someone you know suffers from this disease, visit your doctor to talk to them about treatment options.

Patients w/ #gout are at increased risk of chronic kidney disease #CKD & kidney failure, acc to new research led by Prof @austingstack of @UL @UL_Research @UL_GEMS @ULHospitals
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